Mark 3:1-6 Reflection – Restoring Luster to The Garden

Reflection on Mark 3:1-6 ~

During the growing season, my wife and I along with other people gather after Mass on Sundays to work at the church’s community garden. Produce from the garden goes to the local food pantry. It is our way of humbly saying to the stranger in our own town “stretch out your hand.” We do it with great joy as honestly it would be less expensive for us to simply buy the produce, but in this way we believe we are restoring luster to “The Garden” on the same Sabbath day in the same way that Jesus did.

The Man with the Withered Hand, James Tissot, Brooklyn MuseumThe Man with the Withered Hand, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

Mark 3  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Man with a Withered Hand

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 3:1-6.